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Saturday, July 28: oOoOO @ Crescent Ballroom

Goth-pop pixie oOoOO is a terrific soundtrack for when club night in Ibiza gets rained out by hellfire. Both 2010's oOoOO EP and this year's Our Love Is Hurting Us are dance music for social maladjusts; they're dusky, palely moonlit fantasias enlivened by synths that churn like Bernard Hermann and characters that hunger for interaction as ravenously as Travis Bickle.

In a candid interview, oOoOO (who asked that we not print his real name) spoke to Phoenix New Times about Lil B, autism and unfilled desire.

New Times: Your last EP, Our Love Is Hurting Us, was almost two years in the making. Why the wait? And are you ever concerned about being forgotten in these hyper-accelerated times? oOoOO: That's just how long it took me to gather a few tunes I like. The fear of being forgotten in hyper-accelerated times seems to produce some of the worst music out, so I try to avoid that sort of thinking. People just throw shit out there for consumption constantly with no sense of quality control. There's already so much garbage out in the world, I'd hate to add to it.

I've read your work described as Blondie's "Heart of Glass" on Ketamine. What do you make of that description? It seems fairly accurate to me. Yeah, Blondie for less optimistic times. Blondie for introverts. Blondie with autism.

"TryTry" is the scariest shit I've heard in forever. Do you make a conscious effort to evoke menace? To me, the driving emotion behind that song is frustration; the sound of unfulfilled desire. At the end of the song, there's a slight moment of release. But it quickly fades into nothing before it can be fully realized as satisfaction. I guess that is a menaced emotional state, but not in a horror movie kind of way. A very personal kind of menace. --M.T. Richards (Read the full interview.)

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